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Peter Vetter

Murray Hill, NJ, USA
President of Bell Labs Core Research


Peter Vetter is President of Bell Labs Core Research at Nokia Bell Labs and a Bell Labs Fellow. He is leading an eminent global team with the mission to invent game changing innovations that define the future of mobile and fixed access.

Under his leadership, he and his teams have realized several world-first system demonstrations in access and successfully transferred industry leading concepts into product. He was also co-founder of an internal venture that produced the first FTTH product in Alcatel.

He received the degree of Physics Engineer from Gent University (Belgium) in 1986 and a PhD with Prof. H. Pauwels in 1991. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. T. Uchida at Tohoku University (Japan), he joined the research center of Alcatel (now Nokia) in Antwerp in 1993. Since 2009, he has worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and has been on the senior leadership team of Bell Labs since 2013. He has authored over a hundred international papers and presented keynotes and tutorials at major technical industry events.


Post-Doc, Tohoku University, Japan (1992-1993)
PhD, Ghent University, Belgium (1986-1991)
MSc, Applied Physics Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium (1981-1986)

Professional activities

OFC Technical Program Committee (since 2013), Chair Subcommittee Optical Access and Mobile Convergence (2016)
ECOC Technical Programme Committee (1999-2001) and (2010-2012)
GreenTouch Working Group Chair of Wireline Access (2010-2012)
BB Europe Technical Committee (2004-2007)
NOC Technical Programme Committee (1998-2001) and (2004-2007)
IEEE LEOS Benelux Chapter Committee (1996-2002)

Selected articles and publications

  • P. Vetter, D. Suvakovic, H.K. Chow, K. Kanonakis, K.L. Lee, F. Saliou, X. Yin, B. Lannoo, “Energy-Efficiency Improvements for Optical Access”, IEEE Communications Magazine, April 2014.
  • P. Vetter, T. Ayhan, K. Kanonakis, B. Lannoo, K.L. Lee, L. Lefevre, C. Monney, F. Saliou, X. Yin, “Towards Energy Efficient Wireline Networks, An Update From GreenTouch”, Invited, OECC, Kyoto, June 30- July 4, 2013.

  • P. Vetter, “Next Generation Optical Access Technologies”, Tutorial at ECOC, Amsterdam, p. Tu.3.G.1, September 2012.
  • And from my PhD ;-)    P. Vetter, B. Maximus, H. Pauwels, “Dynamical response in active matrix addressed TN-LCD with anisotropic resistivity”, Journal of Physics  D: Applied Physics, Vol. 25, pp. 481-486, 1992.

(Author or co-author on more than hundred international publications in total.)